Review – Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

POSTED ON April 25, 2011 BY Austine IN Book Review

Review – Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Behemoth

by Scott Westerfeld
Series: Leviathan #2
Published on October 5, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 481
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.


The war is still raging: In this sequel to Westerfeld’s Leviathan, World War I is still raging across Europe. And yet again, Deryn and Alek are on another adventure. Westerfeld keeps the excitement flowing through this second book as the airship, Leviathan, heads for the Ottoman Empire. I loved the action in this novel and Westerfeld’s attention to detail, especially concerning the variety of cultures when they arrive in the Empire. It really added life to the story

Details, details, details: One of the best things about this novel, in my opinion, is the attention to detail. Those little descriptions here and there really made things seem realistic despite the alternative view of the world during that time period.

Pictures!: I thought I grew out of picture books but the illustrations throughout Behemoth really provided a great visual for some of the stranger aspects of the novel. What Westerfeld didn’t describe was depicted beautifully in the pictures. After finishing the novel, I actually went back to look at them all.

Once again, Westerfeld leaves me wanting more, but we’ll all have to wait for Goliath until September.


Austine
About Austine

Well hello there! I see you've reached the end of the post. Bummer. But perhaps I may interest you in a comment? And in case you were wondering, I'm a 20-something college grad with a piece of paper that says I know about wildlife. Reviewer of books since 2011, amateur photographer by day, and aspiring author by night. I believe animals (and books) are better than people.


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